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Big urban projects

Entries should demonstrate the contribution toward regeneration of areas or cities that are intended to be achieved. Judges will look for how proposals respect the existing built environment, as well as what is proposed in relation to strategic issues including transport and sustainability.

Regeneration and masterplanning

Entries in this category will generally involve large-scale residential developments, where generations of inhabitants will enjoy a well planned new or renewed environment. Judges will be looking for evidence of how the project will work in the round and why it will last.

Tall buildings

This category covers both residential and commercial towers. Judges will be interested not only in the elegance of appearance and structure, but clarity and logic of planning, how the tower contributes to the skyline, and also to the immediate environment at ground level.

 Mixed use

This category is for buildings and groups of buildings with a genuine mix of uses (not one predominant use and a tiny amount of another). Judges will be interested in how the whole adds up to more than the sum of the parts, and how the mix of uses is integrated into a successful overall design.


Entries in this category can be speculative or for owner-occupation. In either case, judges will be looking for evidence of how the proposal enhances its immediate environment, as well as how the design will create a decent environment in which workplace productivity can flourish.


Entries should comprise groups of houses, or single/grouped apartment blocks. Judges will be looking for convincing site planning, contribution to the local environment, and elegance of appearance.


Shopping centre developments, department stores and significant shops (or groups of shops) are invited in this category. Judges will be interested in the potential customer experience, as well as intelligent planning and striking display.


Hotels, spas, bars/restaurants and other tourist attractions are welcome in this category, which may also include a mix of uses where leisure is the primary driver. It covers the ‘play’ element in ‘work, rest and play’.

Sport and stadiums

Sporting facilities, particularly stadiums, are a significant element in many urban schemes. Judges will be looking for designs where the experience of sport is matched by the experience of the development as a whole.


Buildings that have been substantially upgraded, or been given a change of use, are eligible for this category. Judges will be interested in evidence that the retrofit is not only extending the life of an existing building (or buildings), but is also increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon output.

Old and new

This category covers projects of significant urban design quality, where a new building or buildings are being placed in a sensitive existing/historic setting. Judges will be interested in respect for context combined with high design quality in respect of the new element.

Prizes (no nominations required)


All entries will be eligible for the sustainability prize. The judges will be looking for a project which shows outstanding evidence of sustainability considerations (economic, environmental and social) having informed the design.

Overall winner

All category winners will be eligible to win the overall prize.

Architect of the year

Judges will make the award to an architect, from the 2013 Mipim Country of Honour, who has enriched the vocabulary of architecture, across a range of buildlng types.


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